Museum Collections
Themed Installation: Life on Land
July 8–December, 2024

Parts of the gallery are refreshed twice a year with themed installations that explore special topics and allow light-sensitive materials to rest.

The Museum Collections Gallery of the Aga Khan Museum is dedicated to showcasing the artistic achievements and lasting legacies of Muslim civilizations between the 9th and 19th centuries, from as far afield as Spain in the west and China in the east, as well as the interventions by contemporary artists that spark dialogue between the past and present. 



In the Collections Gallery, visitors will enjoy a rotating display of nearly 200 objects from the Museum’s Permanent Collection, masterpieces reflecting a broad range of artistic styles and representing more than ten centuries of human history. Including such works of art as manuscripts, paintings, ceramics, glass, and textiles, the Collections Gallery provides an overview of the artistic, intellectual, and scientific contributions of Muslim civilizations to world history and heritage. 


Parts of the Gallery are refreshed twice a year with Themed Installations that explore special topics and allow light-sensitive materials to rest. 



Life on Land, May–November, 2024


“A flourishing life on land is the foundation for our life on this planet.”​
– The Global Goals   


Explore a selection of paintings and objects from the Museum Collections, highlighting how animals and natural environments have been celebrated in Islamic art and literature. As part of the Aga Khan Museum’s ongoing commitment to exploring the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through art and culture, Life on Land focuses on goals related to the Global Goal 15, which aims to start a conversation about protecting, restoring, and promoting sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems.


This themed installation in the Museum Collections Gallery examines how the study of life on land has driven scientific advancement and how human activities have impacted wildlife, underscoring the importance of protecting these ecosystems. Browse through artworks that depict the mutual relationship between humans and animals, the role of domestication in shaping civilizations, and the historical and current impact of natural disasters on biodiversity and human communities.


Within the themed installation, Life on Land explores the symbolic importance of animals in literature and mythology, featuring captivating depictions of mythical creatures and fantastical beings from the Muslim world. Through these intriguing artworks, the highlighted objects within the Museum Collections promote awareness and respect for nature and life on Earth.

* Objects below will be featured in the Themed Installation.

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